Chutney is very easy to make and this is the time of year to make preserves for use during the coming months. Chutney can be made from any fruits particularly apples, pears plums together with dried fruits, vinegar and spices with added sugar.
Simple basic recipe
4lb Cooking Apples*
1pt Malt Vinegar
1 ½ lb Soft brown sugar (light or dark)
2 – 3 Cloves of garlic crushed
4oz Crystallized ginger or 2 level teaspoons
of ground ginger
½tspn Each of mixed spice and cayenne pepper
* As an alternative replace ½ lb of the apples with dried dates, apricots or sultanas.
Peel and core the apples, slice and place in a preserving pan or heavy based saucepan. Simmer the fruit in half of the vinegar until soft. Add all other ingredients and cook gently until the mixture is reduced to a thick pulp. This can take 30 – 40 minutes depending on the ripeness of the fruit. Allow to cool slightly and then pour into clean warm jam jars and seal tightly.
If the job of preparing the fruit puts you off – ‘Lakeland Kitchenware’ sell a great gadget that peels cores and slices apples in one go. Job done in minutes!
From Jane’s Kitchen. An eclectic collection
of seasonal recipes. Available from Caracoli,
Alresford – Leckford Farm Shop and
Chilbolton Village Stores – Price £6.99